Friday, 18 October, 2019

Mixed Election Result: No Blue or Red Wave - Now What?

REUTERS  Evan Semon               Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jared Polis speaks at his midterm election night party in Denver last night REUTERS Evan Semon Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jared Polis speaks at his midterm election night party in Denver last night
Patty Aguilar | 12 November, 2018, 03:04

While some races remain undecided, the Democrats won outright control before midnight and Trump called House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi to congratulate her party's wins while promising cooperation - a promise nobody expects from a man who has lied more than 6,000 times since taking the oath of office in early 2017.

On Twitter, one of the president's preferred platforms for reaching supporters, Trump has echoed similar messages. How will that affect the constitutional balance in Congress going forward?

But, at least for as long as it took to type a tweet, the president struck a different tone on Wednesday, writing: "Now we can all get back to work and get things done!"

Enough Democrats on Tuesday were elected to the House of Representatives to regain the majority, prompting commentator Joseph Curl to proclaim, "Here Come the Crazies!"

The 2018 midterm election is still not entirely over. "Those that did not, say goodbye!" Just as in 2016, the polls were badly wrong in a number of states, particularly in and Florida, where Democrats lost tough races they were predicted to win.

The White House news conference was punctuated by Trump's escalating attacks on the media. And on Wednesday, he said she deserves to be House speaker.

With Democrats now preparing for control of the House, still to be decided is if Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) will return to her role as House speaker.

While Republicans held the house, they regularly voted down attempts to unearth Trump's tax records. "She has earned this great honor!" However, in a "blue wave" that was more of a "ripple", Republicans have tightened their grip on the Senate. President Trump and Republicans would consider themselves validated and step on the gas, likely repealing the Affordable Care Act, rolling back more regulations and seeking any other number of policy priorities that Democrats would find odious.

Trump had aggressively campaigned in the closing days of the race, his focus on boosting Republicans in states he carried in 2016. All are states that Barack Obama won twice but that Trump won in 2016, and are a indication that Republicans may have made lasting gains in those states. The rest of the 51 GOP members had years yet to run on their six-year terms, so in effect four of every five Republicans in the Senate already had their tickets to the 116th Congress.

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The president also said , "I don't know Matt Whitaker ", even though he has met with him more than a dozen times . The next few weeks are expected to be critical for the Mueller investigation.

And outside Richmond, Virginia, one-time tea party favorite Rep. Dave Brat lost to Democrat Abigail Spanberger, a former Central Intelligence Agency operative motivated to run for office after the GOP vote to gut the Affordable Care Act.

The result confirms a historical trend for the party that is not in the White House to make gains in the mid-terms.

Historically, presidents tend to experience a midterm correction that sees the opposition party winnow away their grip on power in the legislature.

Trump's show of support for Pelosi is not entirely out of character.

The Democrats, in stark contrast had to defend 26 Senate seats this fall, more than half their total. On the morning of the election, Real Clear Politics' average of the most recent polls put Gillum up by 3.6 points.

The extent to which Trump will be held to account depends, at least to some extent, on the conclusions that are drawn from special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

The others are Elijah Cummings at the House Oversight Committee; Adam Schiff of the Intelligence Committee, derided by Trump as "sleazy;" and Maxine Waters at the Financial Services Committee, who Trump has said has "extraordinarily low IQ".

Many on the left felt that Trump's election was all some sort of giant misunderstanding.

An Associated Press exit poll of more than 115,000 voters found that 26% named healthcare as the most important issue facing the country. But the president received negative marks from voters on temperament and trustworthiness. In Kansas, Trump campaigned hard for Kris Kobach but voters said "no way" and voted in Democrat Laura Kelly. Several television networks, including the president's favorite Fox News Channel, yanked a Trump campaign advertisement off the air on the eve of the election, determining that its portrayal of a murderous immigrant went too far.

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